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Isabel Allende

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Women have always been courageous... They are always fearless when protecting their children and in the last century they have been fearless in the fight for their rights.



If this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it will be women who make it so.



Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor - they have children that they don’t want or they cannot feed.



For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.



I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.



In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today.



Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country.



What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.



I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.



For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.



I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.



I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.



In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today.



For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.



I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me.



For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.



Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor - they have children that they don’t want or they cannot feed.



I am an American citizen and it is my home now. I like the U.S.A., which is not a place too many people have liked since Bush. The U.S. has a young population, and everything can change within a year.



I have more freedom when I write fiction, but my memoirs have had a much stronger impact on my readers. Somehow the ’message,’ even if I am not even aware that there is one, is conveyed better in this form.



All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.



What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.



I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me.



The fact that I am a writer comes from the experience of being cut away from my roots and living in Venezuela, where I couldn’t find a place for myself, for years and years.



Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country.



I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.



All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.